Thru Hiking the AT 2011
I just completed the 100 mile wilderness and thought I'd put up a post with a link to my journal while I have a net connection.
Just started hammocking this year and decided to hang for my thru hike of the AT. So far, it is working quite well. We have found easy enough places to hang and am enjoying the comfort. I am hoping the next 2000 miles continue as well.
Big thanks to this forum and the helpful people here. I wouldn't be sleeping so good if it weren't for you folks.
Good read...you're in my Favorites. Look forward to checking on your progress. You seem very well prepared...I'd say your chances are quite high of making it.
Good luck, Miguel
I wish you two a wonderful and safe journey. The gear looks good and can't wait to read more of your adventures.
Things continue well. we have completed a bit over 300 miles of the journey. Our gear endured a hail (pea size) storm up on the Bigelo Mtns in Maine a couple weeks ago, and the .5 oz cuben held up fine. Most folks are amazed at how well we stay dry in the rain while hammocking.
Only gear mod to either of our hammock rigs is my tarp ridgeline. I was using the Zline that is a non braided type line, and it broke down after daily wrapping around the dutch bone. I switched over to a ridgeline that I got from Dutch and that has been working well. I still use the non braided Zline for the tie outs and don't expect to encounter the same issues, but time will tell....will be setting up the hammocks nearly daily from now till at least November.
Setup speed has increased and I have to say that the prussik knot (which we use for tie-outs as well as connecting the tarp to the continuous ridgeline) is one uber-handy knot....quick to use, quick to make and very reliable.
Just read over your journal and signed your guestbook Godspeed and enjoy the journey:)
Fascinating journal. I will look forward to following this trip.
Several things caught my fancy, pic of sunset over the lake, kamikazi grouse, listening to the loons call while you write, just to name a few.
I'm sure years from now, you two will look back on this as a highlight of your lives.
am enjoying your postholer journal and your youtube vids. you guys seems to have a good system figured out. am especially interested in the nano 7 as an ultralight hammocking system. i'm 5'7" and 173lbs and wondering if that would accommodate my heft. looking to do my first hike of magnitude this fall in the desert southwest and would love to get as light as possible.
what kind of shoes are you guys wearing? with all the wet and mud?
"may the tread be clear, the footfall light, and the destination evolving!"
be careful in this heat guys!
Thanks for the encouragement guys!
Hi bubby...I think the Nano 7 may squeeze your shoulders at that weight..it is narrow, and you would feel it. Length wise, it would probably be fine. My suggestion would be to get some 1.1 or 1.5 oz/sq yd stuff that is close to 60" and make your own. Get some whoopies and make your own webbing tree straps and you will still most likely be under 10 or 11 oz, and have something far more comfortable. You will want to replace the suspension stuff that comes with the Nano 7 anyways..you will have a better rig this way. I believe the Nano 7 is 1.1 oz ripstop, so you would just be gaining a little weight by adding the width, and maybe some length. My wife, who is using the Nano 7 is significantly lighter, by the way.
Originally Posted by bubbyman
I wear trail runners that are not waterproof. Because we are walking in areas where it is very wet or walking in the rain all day, wet shoes/feet are unavoidable, even with Goretex..so, I use a shoe that will dry quickly.
I recently got back from my NOBO thru (I don't think I met you guys though...) and I had no problems finding spots to hang. I'm sure you've heard this a million times, but you'lll be cruising after the Whites. Best of luck!